Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa

Media and cultural diversity

The Pacific Journalism Review: Te Koakoa is a peer-reviewed journal examining media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Founded by Professor David Robie in 1994 at the University of Papua New Guinea, it was later published at the University of the South Pacific. PJR was published between 2007 and 2020 by the Pacific Media Centre in the School of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology. From 2021 it is being published by Asia Pacific Media Network | Te Koakoa Incorporated in association with Tuwhera Publishing at AUT and the University of the South Pacific Journalism Programme. PJR is a ranked journal with DOAJ, SCOPUS metrics and Web of Science. The journal has published 465 double blind peer-reviewed research articles and has 2586 citations (Source:, 2022).

Current edition: Governance, disinformation and training - 29(1&2) 2023
|Next PJR edition - 30(2) 2024: Call for Pacific International Media Conference papers - Deadline for PJR: 31 August 2024

The 2024 Pacific International Media Conference, Suva, Fiji, 4-6 July 2024. Website:



PJR February 2017 launch


Pacific Journalism Review turns 30 – and challenges media over Gaza


Pacific Journalism Review celebrates 30 years of publishing
Pacific Journalism Review celebrates 30 years of publishing at the Pacific InternatIonal Media Conference in Fiji . . . Professor Vijay Naidu (from left), Fiji's Deputy Prime Minister Professor Biman Prasad and founding editor Dr David Robie. Image: Del Abcede/APMN

Pacific Journalism Review
has challenged journalists to take a courageous and humanitarian stand over Israel’s genocidal war in Gaza in its latest edition celebrating 30 years of publication with several articles about the state of news media credibility and the shocking death toll of Palestinian reporters.

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Current Issue

Vol. 30 No. 1and2 (2024): Gaza, genocide and media - PJR 30 years on, special double edition
Published: 01-07-2024
PJR 30(1&2)
Edition editors: David Robie and Philip Cass

When editor Philip Cass and I, as founding editor, started planning for this 30th anniversary edition of Pacific Journalism Review, we wanted a theme that would fit such an important milestone. At the time when we celebrated the second decade of the journal’s critical inquiry at Auckland University of Technology with a conference in 2014, our theme was ‘Political journalism in the Asia Pacific’, and our mood about the mediascape in the region was far more positive than it is today (Duffield, 2015). Three years later, we marked the 10th anniversary of the Pacific Media Centre, with a conference and a rather gloomier ‘Journalism under duress’ slogan. The PJR cover then featured a gruesome corpse at the height of Rodrigo Duterte’s callous and bloodthirsty ‘war on drugs’—and on media—in the Philippines. Three years later again the PMC itself had been closed in spite of its success.

In the middle of last year when we settled on a call for papers for PJR with the theme ‘Will journalism survive?’ we seemed to be on the right track given the post-COVID-19 pandemic surge of conspiracy theories and disinformation, Trumpian fake news and assault on democracy, and a disturbing global decline in public confidence and trust in mainstream media. The profession of journalism was and remains under grave threat.

However, little did we reckon on 7 October 2023 and the fact that the world would be thrown into such a dystopian upheaval as a result of a surprise and extraordinarily daring attack on Israel by Hamas resistance fighters breaking out of Gaza, the world’s ‘largest open-air prison’.

EDITORIAL NOTE: After the editorial of Pacific Journalism Review and the lead article in this edition (Vol 30, No 1&2) about the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were printed, he was set free and he arrived back in Australia after a plea bargain.

Editor: Philip Cass
Founding and production editor: David Robie
Frontline editor: Wendy Bacon
Assistant editors: Khairiah A. Rahman, Nicole Gooch
Reviews editor: Philip Cass
Online edition editor: David Robie
Designer: Del Abcede
Proof readers: Linnéa Eltes
Cover design: Del Abcede
Cover photo: David Robie
Tuwhera OJS online support: Donna Coventry and Sophie Baker
Print edition: PinkLime

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